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and it in racing tax brackets on what people earn. why is chained cpi suddenly so vital to the fiscal cliff negotiation? it isn't a spending cut or a tax hike, but it would effectively cut spending and raise taxes on some, saving the government an estimated $300 billion over the next decade. the problem is that what that means is that seniors, the longer they live, the less money they would actually take home. they would see a cut to their benefits and that's what has progressives so upset. >> politically speaking, this was a significant concession from the democrats or was it just an accounting fix? >> well you know, it was both of those things. it is an accounting fix. it is a significant concession from democrats. some democrats who i spoke to said look, maybe i would consider this maybe. but only if we could have some sort of mechanism, ali, that a senior past age 85 who would be facing six or 8% cut in benefits, maybe there would be an adjustment to make sure, especially for people who are very poor, that there would be some sort of safety net. paul krugerman has said liberal firebrand
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